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Filippo Fabbroniread bio
Filippo Fabbroni, passionate swimmer and amateur motocross rider, comes from Forlì—a small town in Emilia Romagna (Italy). Filippo began to internationalize his academic experiences in his fourth year of high school, studying at Edgewood High School in Wisconsin (USA). During this period, he was selected to participate to the U.S. Swimming Junior Nationals, the most prestigious American under-18 swimming competition. While enrolled in a Bachelor of International Economics and Finance program at Bocconi University, Filippo studied as an exchange student at the University of Melbourne, interned at Infinity Value Consulting in Milan, and gained experience at Deloitte and the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. After graduating cum laude, he decided to study for a Master’s in Management at London Business School. He worked as an M&A analyst for Ac-Ap Advisory in London prior to heading to Phnom Penh, where he worked as a Summer Analyst at Leopard Capital, a private equity and frontier investing fund active in major emerging markets. Filippo is confident that researching Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy will provide him a solid understanding of the political tissue of China, one of the world’s greatest economies. Filippo also wishes to take advantage of his stay at the Yenching Academy to understand the great cultural heritage of China and improve his Chinese.
Emily Marie Finkelstineread bio
Emily Finkelstine was born and raised in Austin, Texas, USA. She graduated from the University of Texas in May 2016 with a double major in International Relations and Global Studies, and Chinese Language and Culture. After graduation, Emily became a recipient of the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, and moved to Tainan, Taiwan to study the Chinese language for a year at Cheng Kung University. As an undergraduate, Emily's research focused on ethnic conflict in Xinjiang province, and on the tension between human rights arguments, counter-terrorism claims, and economic considerations that have played out in diplomatic responses on the international stage. Emily's other work explored the changing role of civil society in China as well as China's interactions with United Nations human rights mechanisms. As a Yenching Scholar, Emily hopes to pursue Politics and International Relations as her research area, which will allow her to continue studying the ways in which issues of human rights affect the US-China relationship on a bilateral and multilateral scale.
Johanna-Sophie Anneliese Frieseread bio
Johanna-Sophie Anneliese Friese holds both a degree in Economics from Humboldt University Berlin and a degree in China Studies from Freie Universit?t Berlin. Having attended school and university in Germany, Belgium and the UK, she has always had a very international mindset. Due to her interest in China, she wrote her thesis in Economics on the specific trade relations between China and Latin America. As part of her studies, she has taken several Chinese language courses and thereby improved her Mandarin skills. She gained professional experience as an intern at the German “Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development" as well as the "Consulate General of Germany" in Chengdu, as a student assistant at the “Center for International Cooperation” of FUB, and as a Summer School English teacher at the “Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade”. At Yenching Academy, she will pursue the Economics and Management research area, and would like to further explore the Chinese Economy, in particular, the development of the concept of “Green Economy” in China.
Eugene Furead bio
Eugene Fu is a final-year undergraduate in Land Economy at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. At the Yenching Academy, he wishes to extend his interdisciplinary education to study the role that legal institutions play in cultivating business-friendly, economically efficient environments. Born in Hong Kong, Eugene is also passionate about learning more about his Chinese heritage: language, culture and society. Eugene is 20, and grew up in Australia, where he studied medical science for a semester at Griffith University before moving to the UK. After graduation, he intends to pursue a career in investment banking in the Asia-Pacific region. He has worked in London, Hong Kong and Brisbane across the financial and governmental sectors.
Odil Gafarovread bio
Odil Gafarov, born in ancient Samarkand, graduated with a degree in International Relations from the University of World Economics and Diplomacy (UWED) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Being an active representative of his academic society, he obtained considerable work experience in government agencies during his undergraduate years, worked as journalist, taught cadets as a contractor Military English instructor, and was the university National Athletics Team Captain. After graduation, he participated in a number of huge international Oil and Gas projects as a project consultant, and joined Inha University in Tashkent as a Technical English Instructor. At the Yenching Academy he aims to research the Chinese model of economic growth, especially the implementation of New Silk Road Economic Belt Policy and its application to Central Asian business structures. Odil speaks Uzbek, Russian, English and German, writes poems in Russian and Uzbek, and exercises with a daily jog of 10 kilometers. He considers participation in the Yenching Academy as a vital opportunity, which can be a life-changing step towards a brilliant future and career as a diplomat.
Oriane Li-Ming Gaillardread bio
Oriane Gaillard is from Lyons, France. She is a graduate from McGill University where she obtained a joint honors in Philosophy and Chinese Studies. Oriane wrote her undergraduate thesis on the origin and development of a specific element of Chinese logic developed by the Later Mohists, bian 辯, which is often translated as “disputation” or “argumentation.” She obtained her MPhil in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge. This interdisciplinary Master’s focused on the theory and practice of evidence-based policy making. Oriane has worked as a business analyst for the charity World Vision, as a policy advisor for the UK Department for Trade and Investment, and as a European policy research assistant for Ramboll Management Consulting. At Yenching Academy, Oriane aims to better understand how ethical questions are discussed within the Chinese society and the government before new technologies enter the market. She wants to investigate how such processes have an impact on diplomatic and business relations between China and the rest of the world. She is a trained violinist and was a member of the Lyons’ Opera Children Choir. She is looking forward to experiencing China’s vibrant food culture and to share her love for l'art de vivre with fellow students.
Maurice Ludwig Gajanread bio
Maurice Gajan grew up in Germany, but has spent most of the recent years of his life abroad in China, North Africa and the Netherlands. During high school he participated in a one-year exchange program in Zhengzhou and was eager to return to China for another year as a voluntary teaching assistant before attending university. During his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies at Leiden University, he chose to focus on the Middle East and the Arab world. During his studies, Maurice endeavoured to combine his interest in the Middle East and China, spending one semester in Egypt researching Sino-Egyptian relations. As a Yenching Scholar, he intends to focus on China’s growing engagement in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly in regard to its changing economic and political dimensions. Maurice is currently based in Sudan, where he is interning at the United Nations and studying Arabic.
Kamil Galeevread bio
Kamil Galeev is from Moscow, Russia. He is a graduate cum laude of the Higher School of Economics (Moscow), where he majored in History. His academic interests at the time included the history of the Early Modern Period and later the history of economic thought. His B.A. thesis was dedicated to the intellectual roots of Schumpeterian theory of the Creative Destruction. After graduation, Kamil worked in the Agency for Strategic initiatives which aims to attract investments into Russian provincial regions. Later, he tried himself as a journalist, contributing to several newspapers, such as Forbes.ru, Russkaya planeta and more recently to the major oppositional media in Russia – Novaya Gazeta. At the same time, Kamil focused on economic history, working on a project of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) aimed at the reconstruction of the Russian system of national accounts for the nineteenth century. Kamil was already attracted to China in high school, where he wrote several research papers on the topics of Chinese and East Asian history. At the moment he is eager to further pursue his interests at the Yenching Academy. His intended research area is Politics and International Relations, with a focus on studying the structure of the Chinese state and exploring the causes of its flexibility and openness to change.
Oskar Galeevread bio
Oscar Galeev was raised in Moscow and followed his passion for area and language studies by pursing a BA degree at Leiden University in The Hague. There he majored in International and Middle Eastern studies with a minor in Global Affairs and completed his thesis on urban anthropology and political discourses of the Arab Spring in Egypt. Fluent in Russian, Tatar, English and French, Oscar studied Arabic and Dutch at the core of his program in Leiden. In addition to his active involvement in student initiatives he followed courses of the Honours Academy in International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis. The year prior to joining the Yenching Academy Oscar worked as a research assistant at the Leiden Institute for Area Studies, conducting research on China’s economic cooperation with the “Global South”, in particular within the One Belt-One Road initiative. Fascinated with the opportunity of further study of China, he intends to concentrate on Politics and International Relations and to conduct research on Chinese modern philosophy and foreign policy doctrine. He hopes that exploring and gaining a better understanding of China will enable him to facilitate dialogue and cooperation between China, Russia and Europe.
Angélica Garcia Patiñoread bio
Angélica García Patiño, from Mexico, is a passionate student of language and politics. She studied Communication Sciences with a specialization in Political Communication at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). As an undergraduate, she was part of an exchange program at Beijing Foreign Studies University, where she began learning Chinese. Her experience led her to write her thesis: “Compared Political Communication Models: China and Mexico. In 2015, at The Mexico City Electoral Institute, she was part of a team that worked to enhance citizen education. This project was awarded a prize for the best political communication campaign in Latin America. During her last semester at UNAM, Angélica worked at the Institute of Economic Research in Mexico, researching themes such as trade between Asia and Latin America, and women's financial issues in Latin America. When she was younger, she represented the Mexican delegation in Youth Summits organized by the YMCA in Prague, Czech Republic, and in her spare time she practices figure skating and enjoys theatre. At the Yenching Academy, she will focus on politics and international relations to pursue her goal of a career in her country’s Foreign Service.